That the ball caromed down the right-field line into the Rangers' bullpen seemed to emphasize that.
"Actually, I didn't know I had been hit by the ball until later," McCarthy said. "My back locked up and I was fighting a spasm at the time. That's why I went down. It was only when I tried to sit up that I realized I had been creamed."
McCarthy left the game at that point and walked off, with a slight limp, under his own power.
"It's a little sore," said McCarthy, who went through his regular pregame routine to test the right knee.